If we’re talking streaming services, Netflix has to be mentioned for pioneering the platform and the idea of original series. It’s ubiquitous enough to have spawned its own meme (Netflix and chill) and it remains the platform that spends the most on creating original content. However, that’s not to say that it’s the best platform. “Best” is subjective, and it would be futile to try to make a definitive ranking of all the major streaming platforms of today since so much of their content is entirely incomparable. But with all that said, if we had to pick Netflix’s main competitor, it would probably be Hulu.
Despite the millions of dollars Netflix has spent on its original programming, Hulu won the race for the first Emmy between the streaming sites for an original series for The Handmaid’s Tale. HBO NOW might have had a monopoly on Game of Thrones for a while, but now Hulu has an HBO add-on that lets you watch shows from two major streaming platforms in one app. Hulu has even recently teamed up with Spotify to provide dirt-cheap music and TV and movie streaming. Clearly, Hulu is out here working hard for your attention, and it deserves it.
Although Hulu is also the only major streaming platform to have commercials (though you can pay a little more to do away with them altogether), and their large and ever-growing selection is subject to the same hit-or-miss quality that Netflix’s catalog is, Hulu still has some quality movies and TV shows that are worth exploring. Every month, a new crop of movies and TV show seasons pop up, and while it can be hard to keep up, Complex has got your back with not only the full list of what’s new every month but also what you should pay particular attention among the new additions.
V/H/S 2 (2013)
Let the Right One In (2008)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, John Heard, Tony Goldwyn
If you’ve ever read a John Grisham novel, you’re familiar with his particular brand of suspenseful thriller. As a mostly faithful adaptation of perhaps the prototypical Grisham novel, The Pelican Brief is a fast-paced race to save Julia Roberts, who plays a young law student who figured out who murdered two Supreme Court Justices and is in turn targeted by the killers herself. She is helped by a journalist, played by Denzel Washington, who helps her uncover the larger conspiracy forming around her. It’s a typical legal/political thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat without making you think too hard.